Double Your Standard, Double Your Fun

The Outfoxed gals prove that what's good for the goose is not always good for the hound.

Ethics. Standards. Integrity. Oh wait, we're talking about the newshounds (another fine product from the Outfoxed mafia). When the hounds criticize Fox, there is no principle that cannot be ignored or reversed, whenever the vicissitudes of the moment require it. For example, in July, the newspoodles complained about devoting too much time to interviews:
In another time, you'd never see Ralph Nader on Fox. They don't like his kind; they don't care about his issues. But, since Nader how has complaints about Democrats, they love him. They gave him six minutes (an eternity in TV land as we all know)...

Six long minutes; 360 torturous seconds. An "eternity in tv land as we all know". But then there's this:

Fox and Friends co-host Brian Kilmeade interviewed Democratic Senator Bob Graham from Florida about his new book, Intelligence Matters, in which he discusses a man on the Saudi payroll who aided two hijackers in San Diego....The presentation was very brief.

Actually the presentation was well over six minutes. In other words, it was even longer than the "eternity" the hounds were whining about earlier! Maybe this is one of those oxymoronic phrases, like "jumbo shrimp": it's a "very brief eternity". Well, maybe we should leave out the oxy part.

Continuing with the complaints about Sen Graham:
No one from the White House was interviewed live about Graham's charges.

What is this? The hounds are now objecting to not having enough Republican guests on? That's right! Because they say if you don't put more Republicans on:
Fox can say it "covered" something negative about Bush, but it did it in the least damaging way possible.

Um, OK, whatever you say. But it was not long ago that this same newshound was complaining:
A special Fox trick – questioning a Republican guest without a Democrat

So is it another "special Fox trick" to question a Democrat without a Republican? What exactly is the problem: too many Republican, not enough Republicans...I guess it depends on what the meaning of "is" is.

But the high water mark of galloping double standards came with the recent news that two guys who host a cable news program have been signed up to give ongoing strategic advice to one of the Presidential campaigns. We know how much the newshounds hate it when a news network compromises its independence from partisan politics, and newspoodle ellen was quick to jump on this issue:
Sean Hannity is the narrator of a GOP convention video.... What kind of network allows its news personnel to work for a political party? Not a fair and balanced one. News Hounds always knew Hannity was biased, partisan and unfair. Now it's official.

Of course, Hannity is not "the narrator" of this welcome-to-NYC video, and he doesn't "work for" a political party. He narrates the montage of New York City scenery, and then others take over, including the Governor of the state, and long-time Democrat Ed Koch. But hold the phone! It was James Carville and Paul Begala of CNN who joined the Kerry campaign as advisors. Sean Hannity doesn't advise anyone's campaign. And it's Carville and Begala who will be on CNN analyzing the Kerry campaign, while behind the scenes they are helping to shape it. So the anti-Fox terriers are going to be just as tough on Carville and Begala, who actually do "work for" a political party. Right? [Warning: do not read the following with a mouthful of Pepsi if you are anywhere near your keyboard]:
  • Carville and Begala are Democratic strategists who were chosen for CNN for that reason. Being Democrats is their claim to fame. Hannity, as far as I know, is not a GOP strategist but a broadcaster. His credentials on Fox never say he is a Republican, whereas I believe Carville and Begala's say they are Democrats. What Hannity is doing is wrong, unethical and distasteful and I hope the whole world objects.

OK, it's safe to have some Pepsi now.

posted: Wed - September 8, 2004 at 03:26 PM       j$p  send